Etihad upgrades Australian routes with latest airplane

The 496-seat A380 left Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2215 on Wednesday night, and is set up to land in Melbourne at 1745 on Thursday. The return flight will leave Melbourne at 2210 tonight and lands back in the UAE capital at 0625 the next early morning.

The A380 will run one of 2 day-to-day Etihad flights on the path, with the 2nd service being operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The inaugural Dreamliner flight to Perth took off from Abu Dhabi at 2230 yesterday and is scheduled to show up in the Western Australian capital at 1350 today. The return flight will leave Perth at 1700 this night and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 0025 on 3 June. Flights will run daily.

Etihad s A380 comes fitted with the airline s most current cabin items, consisting of The Residence by Etihad, which covers almost 12m and features a living-room, bedroom and en-suite shower room. There are likewise 9 First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 economy class seats. For premium travelers, there is a lounge location that features 2 leather sofas and a bar.

The B787-9 Dreamliner at the same time, comes fitted with 299 seats in 2 cabins, with 28 Business Studios and 271 economy class seats. It will change the A330-200 airplane Etihad previous deployed on the Perth route.

Commenting on the launch of the A380 air travels to Melbourne, Etihad s senior vice president of marketing,

Shane O Hare, stated; Our Abu Dhabi to Melbourne services generate extremely high seat load factors year-round. The A380, with 70 seats in company class, allows us to better fulfill the need we have for our premium cabins and will boost our market share of this essential sector.

And relating to the Perth service he included; Since introducing flights in between Perth and Abu Dhabi two years ago we have actually delighted in strong two-way need from business and leisure travelers on the route. The Dreamliner, which includes 518 weekly seats to the route, offers us the extra capacity needed to meet this ever-increasing demand.

Etihad now operates its A380 to 5 international destinations: London, Sydney, New York, Mumbai and Melbourne. Perth likewise ends up being the fifth location for Etihad’s B787 fleet, following Singapore, Washington DC, Zurich and Dusseldorf. It likewise prepares to deploy the aircraft on its paths to Istanbul, Johannesburg and Shanghai later in 2012.